Monday, December 07, 2020

Poor visibility hits flight operations

Patna: Flight operations at Darbhanga airport remained completely paralysed on Monday owing to poor visibility as all three flights of budget carrier SpiceJet were cancelled. At Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport in Patna also, the flight operations remained disrupted due to foggy conditions in the morning hours.

According to sources at Patna airport, the first flight of SpiceJet (SG-8719) from Ahmedabad reached the city around 10.55am instead of 7.45am. The other five scheduled flights from Delhi, Kolkata and Bengaluru reached the airport after 11am, much beyond the schedule. “The flights were delayed due to poor visibility in Patna and Delhi,” a SpiceJet official said.

According to Patna Meteorological Centre, fog reduced the visibility to merely 500 meters in the morning (between 6.30am and 9am), affecting flight operations. The minimum required visibility for landing of aircraft was achieved at 10.30am.

Huge confusion ruled the day at both the airports. Rupesh Shah, a Mumbai-bound passenger from Darbhanga, said the airline informed them about the cancellation of the flight after making them stand in a queue for three hours.

07/12/20 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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